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Leslie Eastman: American Women, Not Koch Brothers, Birthed the Tea Party Movement

Governor Palin tweeted the following article posted at Legal Insurrection today:

When Professor Jacobson reported that cancer funding research had been used to smear the Tea Party, calling it a tool of a big tobacco and the Koch brothers based on plans hatched over a decade ago, I had one thought:

Anti-Tea Party advocates suffer from the single biggest case of projection in the history of humanity.


Most of the original “Tea Party” organizers joined the developing national-scale protest in 2009 because we were deeply concerned about our children’s futures. Between the enormous expenditures of the Toxic Asset Relief Program and the “Stimulus Package”, many of us were reeling over the fact our taxpayer concerns were being ignored, and the result would be making our children indentured servants of the state to pay off the enormous debt.

The Koch brothers did not enter into this calculation at all.

Dawn Wildman, the President of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition and my fellow co-founder, responded to this assertion by the National Cancer Institute:

“I volunteered to hold the first Tea Party in San Diego, because I knew there had to be other people who were like me, frustrated with the spending we saw our Republican legislators advocating. I don’t know the Koch Brothers and I have never had anyone from their organizations even offer me money or advice on advocating for the American citizen. Now, other national groups cannot say the same. But the local organizers are all self funded, and we only take advice from each other — not some Beltway insiders, Big Tobacco, or the Koch Brothers.”

Women, with an eye to the future and a hand on the checkbook, were the dominant force in the start of the efforts, and make up a majority of the local group coordinators and the membership. It was women, and not the Koch Brothers, who gave birth to the Tea Party movement.

Keli (”Liberty Belle”) Carender became one of the founding mothers of the Tea Party Movement when she organized the Seattle protest against the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a.k.a. Porkulus. In a letter sent to Michelle Malkin she reminds us of what the first “tea party” was about back in 1773 and how Americans are suffering similar oppression under present day tyrants.

You can read the entire piece here, and be sure to check out the video Leslie posted at the bottom. You should recognize it.

Governor Palin also posted this picture to Facebook, along with the following words:

As cliche and annoying as it may sound, activism truly IS for the children.

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  • isabel matos

    That picture of Trig brings tears of joy to my eyes.  If this is not the reason why we fight, I do not know what is.

    The Governor strikes a chord every time.

    • conservativemama

      You’re absolutely right.  She strikes a chord. It’s her humanity, the fact that it hasn’t been snuffed out by paid consultants……………….this quality sets her apart from other politicians in both parties.

      • socon

        Goodness:  Moral excellence, virtue.

        Simply said:  Sarah’s good.
         It sure scares the hell out of a lot of people.

    • socon

       Beautifully said.

  • blackbird

    I wonder what Trig is telling the Elephant… you better listen to Mom!

  • MaMcGriz

    Thank you Stacey for this post.

    To hear the Left tell it the Koch brothers are the root of all evil and possess unlimited powers, regardless of which lie the left are telling. The Koch brothers are their go-to villains.

    On a happier note, I really like the picture of Trig reading. (Our little professor!) In this photo I think he looks a lot like his Mom did at that age. 

    I appreciate the way she and Todd so generously share their family photos with us. It means a lot.

    • Budvarakbar

      And how long now have we heard of the Koch brothers – a couple years at most — liberalism IS not just a mental disorder – it is an extreme mental illness – IMHO!!!

      They always have to come up with some boogie-man  >>> back in the 50’s – 60’s they were still blaming every single negative thing on Hoover — then for a bit they tried Ike — but that did not float long cause of Ike’s in your face star power (called gravitas by the latter day fools – for them >> gravitas = when gravity takes hold of your a$$) — sorry for the digression >> but then they skip Johnson — (rotten to the core SOB) and voila – everything became Nixon’s fault — gotta little mileage outta Ford – then skipped jimmah cahtah – another POS the demo’s pulled outta their butts at the last minute and stuffed up ours — never got much traction with ronnie but finally had their ducks in line with GHWB and GWB and everything is still his fault.

  • John B. Hefmier

    Sarah, herself, might have shared the link to this article, but the fact is that Leslie Eastman comes here from time to time to simply post links to her articles, but never has discussion with fellow posters.  

    • Mary Beth House

      So? lol

      This seems especially ungracious Hef. Rather than snarking, perhaps you could, oh I don’t know, add value to the conversation by discussing what Governor Palin wanted emphasized rather than airing your personal grief regarding something so minor, which is nothing but a distraction from the points made in the article.

      • John B. Hefmier

        No snark from me, MB. Just stating a matter-of-fact. I am pretty sure that it is a great article, especially if Sarah shared the link (I saw it on the wall of my FB page), and I hope that Ms. Eastman is very excited that Sarah acknowledged her and her article. However, from her comment history here at C4P, Ms. Eastman only comes to the comment sections of C4P only to spam links of her articles. No more; no less.
        I have said my peace, and I am moving on from this discussion.

  • socon

    What an adorable little munchkin Trig is!  Such a gift from God.

  • alien4palin

    There is nothing in life more precious than our children and their future. In our time as custodians, it is our duty and responsibility to leave a brighter & more enlightened legacy to them then the one we found when we came into being. As did our parents and theirs…….. before them.

    Love the pic of Trig…….he is a real sweetheart!!!

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